Sunday, January 16, 2022

Words from MLK

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” 

“I have decided to stick to love...Hate is too great a burden to bear.” 

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” 

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” 

“Faith is taking the first step even when you can't see the whole staircase.” 

“If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” 

Friday, January 14, 2022

It 's a weird world

A comic book page from a 1984 issue of Spider-Man has been sold at auction for $3.36m. The artwork was sold at auction in Dallas, Texas, for more than ten times its original opening bid. 

Last year, a 1962 Spider-Man comic sold at auction for $3.6m, beating Superman as the most expensive comic ever sold.

Prices are changing

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

And now a word about the oceans

They're getting hotter.

According to an annual study published in the peer-reviewed journal Advances in Atmospheric Sciences, the past five years have been the five hottest for Earth's oceans since measurements began in the late 1950s. Last year was the hottest ever recorded.

Since the late 1980s, oceans have been warming eight times faster than they did during the preceding decades, and 2021 marked the third consecutive year in which the previous record for annual energy absorption was shattered.
The increase in ocean heat also raises air temperatures, allowing more moisture to enter the warmer atmosphere. For every 1.8 degrees of warming, heavy rain events will intensify by about 7%. 2021 marked one of the wettest years on record for the East Coast, thanks to a slew of tropical storms and summer thunderstorms.

From the Centers for Disease Control

Courtesy of Duncaster resident

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Do you have this quarter?

The government has started minting it. As you can see, the coin features poet Maya Angelou - the first black woman ever featured on the US quarter. Angelou was the first black woman to write and perform a poem at a presidential inauguration.

This coin is the first of the American Women Quarters program. Others scheduled are Sally Ride, the first female US astronaut; Wilma Mankiller, the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation and a campaigner for indigenous rights; and Anna May Wong, who is considered the first Chinese-American film star in Hollywood.

Monday, January 10, 2022

$2 Trillion in damages

That's how much NOAA says has been the cost of 310 major weather and climate disasters since 1980. Last year was an especially bad year - disasters exceeded $145 billion, making 2021 the third-costliest in the time period studied. These events claimed 688 human lives and injured scores more. The storms were especially bad for communities of color, low-income communities, and communities that have endured multiple disasters. 

And things are getting warmer. The last seven years were the hottest on record worldwide as the atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gases carbon dioxide and methane continue to rise. NOAA says 2021 was the fourth-warmest ever recorded in the U.S.

Car for sale

It's a Mercury, which is not made anymore. This one, known as the Hirohata Merc, was custom built in 1952. It will be auctioned off later this month. It is expected that this 70 year-old car will fetch at least $1,000,000.
The customization was extensive - a chopped-down roof, smoothed-out body panels, a lowered stance, novel chrome trim, two-tone paint and a meticulously handcrafted interior. It is one of 30 vehicles registered in the National Historic Vehicle Register — an inventory of individual automobiles with key significance in American culture.